Friday, July 17, 2009

NASA - Video of Moonwalk From 1969 Restored

uNASA on Thursday unveiled refurbished video of the 1st human landing on the moon, restored after it became clear that the original tapes of the July 20, 1969, moonwalk had been erased and reused.

NASA admitted in 2006 that no one could find the original video recordings of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's landing. Since then, Richard Nafzger, an engineer at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, found where the footage went: It was in a batch of 200,000 tapes that were degaussed -- magnetically erased -- and reused to save money.

So NASA took television video copies of what Apollo 11 beamed to Earth 40 years ago to a Hollywood film-restoration company, which made the pictures look sharper.

NASA emphasized that the video is not "new" -- just better-quality.

"There iss nothing being created; there is nothing being manufactured," said Nafzger, who is in charge of the project.

The full set of recordings, being cleaned up by Burbank, Calif.-based Lowry Digital, will be released in September. The preview is online at

-- From News Services

Endeavour Undergoes In-Flight Inspection: The space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts inspected their ship as engineers on Earth pored over launch pictures that showed debris breaking off the fuel tank and striking the craft. The slow, tedious work unfolded as the shuttle rocketed toward the international space station for a Friday linkup. It'll take days to sort through available data to reach a conclusion about how much damage the shuttle sustained.

-- Associated Press

Conviction for Theft Of Space Secrets
A Chinese-born engineer was convicted of stealing trade secrets critical to the U.S. space program.

In the nation's first economic espionage trial, a federal judge found former Boeing engineer Dongfan "Greg" Chung guilty of 6 counts of economic espionage and other charges for hoarding 300,000 pages of sensitive documents in his home, including information about the U.S. space shuttle and a booster rocket.

Federal prosecutors accused the 73-year-old stress analyst of using his 30-year career at Boeing and Rockwell International to steal the documents. Prosecutors said they discovered Chung's activities while investigating another suspected Chinese spy, Chi Mak. Mak was convicted in 2007 of conspiracy to export U.S. defense technology to China and sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.

Defense attorneys said that their client did not break any laws and that the U.S. government could not prove he had given any of the information to China.
Chung is set to be sentenced Nov. 9. Federal prosecutor Ivy Wang said Chung could face a maximum sentence of more than 90 years in prison.

-- Associated Press

Forty years ago the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission lifted off for the moon. Katie Couric reports on the newly enhanced video of their historic journey.


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